A Good Photograph…

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”
– Ansel Adams

More quotes on Photography

Art of Government

“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.”
– Thomas Jefferson, 1774

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Wherever You Are

“Wherever you are, make sure you’re there.” 
— Dan Sullivan

Generosity

“Generosity takes effort.”

Read Seth Godin’s full post on The Right Effort of Generosity

Notice When You Are Happy

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

Gratitude

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
– William Arthur Ward

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Expand

some people
when they hear
your story.
contract.
others
upon hearing
your story.
expand.
and
this is how
you
know.

– Nayyirah Waheed

Learn

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
– Bill Nye

Your Heart

‘Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.’
– Confucius

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Look For The Helpers

Know Yourself

“Learn to know yourself. To search realistically and regularly, the processes of your own mind and feelings.”
– Nelson Mandela

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Pile of Good Things

“So what if instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”
– Rainbow Rowell

(via this #riskhappy Instagram Post)

Normal

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
– Ellen Goodman

(via this Instagram post)

Communication

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Get After That Light

“…Nothing new would be built if things were never broken. A wise man once said: there’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Get after that light.”

Manifesto for Creative Resilience

Generosity

“You don’t need to save up the goodwill and encouragement you offer to others. It will be automatically replenished, and it pays dividends along the way.”
– Seth Godin

Stinginess in the connection economy

Never Done

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
― Thomas Jefferson

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Deep Work

“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
– Cal Newport

From the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, via this post.

Change

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
— Max Planck

From this article.

Goals

“The reason most of us are unhappy most of the time is that we set our goals – not for the person we’re going to be when we reach them – we set our goal for the person we are when we set them.”
– Dan Gilbert

Communal Groupthink

“Most of our views are shaped by communal groupthink rather than individual rationality, and we cling to these views because of group loyalty. Bombarding people with facts and exposing their individual ignorance is likely to backfire. Most people don’t like too many facts, and they certainly don’t like to feel stupid.”

People Have Limited Knowledge. What’s the Remedy? Nobody Knows, by Yuval Harari

(via Bailey)

You Want a Social Life, with Friends

“You want a social life, with friends.
A passionate love life and as well
To work hard every day. What’s true
Is of these three you may have two
And two can pay you dividends
But never may have three.

There isn’t time enough, my friends–
Though dawn begins, yet midnight ends–
To find the time to have love, work, and friends.
Michelangelo had feeling
For Vittoria and the Ceiling
But did he go to parties at day’s end?

Homer nightly went to banquets
Wrote all day but had no lockets
Bright with pictures of his Girl.
I know one who loves and parties
And has done so since his thirties
But writes hardly anything at all.”

– Kenneth Koch

Resistance

“If you find yourself criticizing other people, you’re probably doing it out of Resistance. When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived out our own. Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement. Watch yourself. Of all the manifestations of Resistance, most only harm ourselves. Criticism and cruelty harm others as well.”
— Steven Pressfield, War of Art

(via Paul)

Calling In versus Calling Out

“I picture ‘calling in’ as a practice of pulling folks back in who have strayed from us. It means extending to ourselves the reality that we will and do fuck up, we stray, and there will always be a chance for us to return. Calling in as a practice of loving each other enough to allow each other to make mistakes, a practice of loving ourselves enough to know that what we’re trying to do here is a radical unlearning of everything we have been configured to believe is normal.”
– Ngọc Loan Trần

Calling In: A Quick Guide on When and How

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